Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Iceland create history with Mixed Team gold at Gleneagles
Tournament: European Golf Team Championships
Venue: Gleneagles, Auchterarder
Prize fund: €1,100,000
Hashtag: #EC2018
Iceland gold medal
The images of Iceland (Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, Olafia Kristinsdottir, Axel Boasson and Birgir Hafthorsson) and (below) Great Britain 3 (Michele Thomson, Connor Syme, Meghan MacLaren and Liam Johnston) are displayed by courtesy of Getty Images

Day Four report
Iceland powered to European Golf Team Championships gold in the Mixed Team event after finishing the innovative foursomes stroke play competition with a flourish on Saturday.

After Valdis Thora Jonsdottir and Birgir Hafthorsson had closed their round with three straight birdies to sign for a superb 70, team-mates Axel Boasson and Olafia Kristinsdottir took advantage of the long 16th on their way to a 71, to write their names in the history books as the inaugural winners of the Mixed Team event. 
Great Britain win silver medal
Their combined three under par total saw them finish the one-day contest at the top of the leaderboard, one stroke clear of the Great Britain 3 quartet, Meghan MacLaren, Liam Johnston, Connor Syme and Michele Thomson, in the silver medal position.

Julia Engstrom, Daniel Jennevret, Johanna Gustavsson and Oscar Floren of Sweden 2 secured the bronze medal after beating Spain at the first play-off hole, courtesy of a 40ft birdie putt from Gustavsson
Great Britain 3 silver medal
Left to right: Michele Thomson, Connor Syme, Meghan MacLaren and Liam Johnston (picture by Getty Images).

Player quotes
Birgir Hafthorsson: “It’s an awesome feeling. There are about 18,000 members and around 30,000 people who play golf regularly, so golf is quite big in Iceland."
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir: “Hopefully our victory will encourage kids to pick up golf. Hopefully the news back in Iceland will give us some exposure and show how good we played today.
“It’s the second biggest sport in Iceland.”
Michele Thomson: “We’re obviously delighted. We set out at the start of the week to win a medal, and we’ve got one, so we’re delighted.
“Hopefully, this event will happen again. I’d love to see the men and women play more together and I really enjoyed myself playing with Connor today.”
Connor Syme: “We played our own game. Being the second team out we knew what the guys in front were doing. We knew we had to finish strong which we managed to do, so we’re chuffed to win a medal.”
Oscar Floren: “It feels great to win a medal. Daniel and I were really disappointed after missing out on the group stage semi-finals yesterday, so winning a medal today was a great feeling to replace yesterday’s disappointment.”
Daniel Jennevret: “I can’t describe my feelings, I’m lost for words, it’s so cool. Representing your country is always one of the best things you can do in your career, and then winning a medal for your country feels unbelievable.”

Download the final standings after the Mixed Team Championship here:

And the match schedule for Day Five - Group Stage finals can be found here:




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